Cedar Rapids Gazette, December 5, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette

December 05, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 5, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa er- 30, Krl- chuiiwi of I'lBlis, 40 to 45. CITY FINAL 15 CENTS CEDAlt UAP1DS, IOWA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES i-nciBO, ufj, IUKK TIMES NIXON TESTIMONY RULED OUT Sees Mines Reopening By Monday WASHINGTON. (AP) -Unit eel Mine Workers President Ar nold Miller Thursday announced approval of a nationwide con- i tract by a vote of 56 percent in favor. He said he was confident 1 most coal mines will reopen Monday. I Ratification came after the strike moved .into its fourth week and threatened to serious- ly further disrupt Miller announced that UMW members voted, in favor and against. Five of the 18 districts .rejected the three- year pact. "Full Democracy" Miller said the minority would .go along. He said the voting represented "full democracy in Ihe United Mine Workers." Immediately after announcing the results at a news confer- ence, Miller 'signed the agree- ment with Walter Wallace, pres- ident of the Bituminous Coal Operators Assn. The industry .'group's chair- man, N. T. Camicia, said the contract while "very costly for Ihe would benefit the miners and "serve the public in lercsl as well by providing im- proved productivity and greater stability of production" in, the coal mines. Camicia said operators should make immediate preparations to open their mines. Voting NO J The districts rejecting ithe contract were No. 2 in central Pennsylvania; Illinois District 12; District 19 in Tennessee and Kentucky, District 23 in'western i, Kentucky, and District 22 in Wyoming, Utah and Arizona. The 24-day-old strike forced closing of mines producing 70 percent of the nation's coal and idled more than workers in the sled and railroad' indus- tries. Government forecasts of up to layoffs resulting from a four-week walkout never materialized. Miller had predicted ratifica- tion by a 60 percent margin in the first rank-and-file vote in the UMW's 84-year history. In Ihe past, only union leaders ap- proved contracts. Initial returns were delayed by heavy snow in the Appala- chian coalfields and for a while there was doubt whether the pact would be approved. But less-than-cxpected opposition de- veloped in two key Ohio ant West Virginia districts and the margin of approval increased as the final tally came in Wednes- day. Could Be Slowed The contract provides for a 64 percent boost in miners' wages and benefits over three years. Despite ratification, the return to work could be slowed by ne- gotiations still underway be- tween the UMW and the Assn. of Bituminous C o n t r a c tors, whose members 'do construction work for the coal industry. The UMW members em- ployed by the ABC companies are covered under a separate contract that expired at the same time the coal operators' contract expired. Unless a new 'agreement is reached this week, they could keep the mines from reopening by setting up picket lines. Ilow- v ever, the companies are expect- ed to exert pressure on the con- tractors to wrap up their set- tlement. Sirica Refuses Delay To Obfain Deposition Gazette Leased Wires WASHINGTON Judge John Sirica ruled Thursday that for- mer President Nixon will not have to provide any kind ol testimony in the Watergale cov- er-up trial. Noting that Nixon himself was named as an unindicted co-con- spirator in the cover-up, Sirica failed to consider "the ability of Mr. Nixon view tapes, to carefully re- documents, anc DINNER GUEST President Ford stands outside the White House with Canadian Prime ne Trudeau. The visitor returned to the Executive Mansion for dinner Wednesday night after meeting there with Ford earlier in the day. Parcel Bomb Kills Worker Injures Eight PITTSBURGH pac age bomb exploded while bein examined at a United Pare Service center here early Thur day, killing one man and inj ring eight others, police said. Police. Lt. Ralph Pampen said a UPS .worker had r moved a package wrapped brown paper from a line i inspect it because the ZIP coc didn't match tile address. He said other workers repor ed seeing wires sticking .out o the package, and that it exploearance before the committee n the day after his brother aurancc revealed the 1961 loan Miller, who was then a New 'ork congressman. He later ran or vice-president on the Gold- ater ticket in 1964. Drinan said the loan "raises a ueslion of ethics if not of law" ecause Miller was a member (Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) denied a defense request that the itriai be interrupted until they can. begin taking a deposi- tion from him on Jan. G, when he lias recovered sufficiently from his current illness. Sirica also granted 'the former President's (request to be ex- cused from testifying under subpoena by John Ehrlichman. The ruling opened the way for verdict before Chrislmas. It also virtually assured Nixon, who has been pardoned of 'any wrongdoing by President Ford, that he will never have to pub- licly answer the allegations against him. "Not Essential" In a six-page opinion, Sirica ruled that Nixon's testimony eiihcr in court, by deposition or n writing is "not essential" -o a fair trial and "should not x unrealisticaily overestimat- ed" because the jurors would question the statements of a man who essentially has been accused of being an (accomplice. The judge added that "the im- portance of the facts about which the witness (Nixon) vould be able to testify may lave been exaggeratedly the lefendants. There has been no showing by way of a statement, affidavit, or otherwise from Mr. Vixon that ho would, in fact, eslify along ithe lines the de- endants have Sirica said much of the testi- nony the defendants said they loped -to get from Nixon ''in many instances lias been clicit- from other witnesses." "It would be unwarranted and wholly inappropriate to inter- rupt, adjourn or continue (post- pone) this trial, wilh the jury sequestered, until an uncertain dale in the somewhat distant future." Sirica said. Nixon Response Sirica announced his events so as to be prepared to answer fully and completely the interrogation proposed by de- fendant Ehrlichman and per- haps others." "This trial has already cov- ered two months with innumera- ble witnesses, documents, and tape the Nixon re- sponse said. "When Mr. Nixon's fatigued- and weakened condition is added to the factual complexi- ties, it is an inexorable conclu- sion that Mr. Nixon must have substantial time to prepare him- self for the re- sponse continued. The'Nixon response concluded that "it would be highly unfair lo require Mr. Nixon to be sub- jected to the interrogation pro- posed until a date well after Jan. C, 1975." 191 Deaths Feared in Jet Crash COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Parachutists were dropped on a rocky hill Thursday where a chartered Dutch airliner loaded with Moslem pilgrims crashed and burned, the airline report- ed. Police said apparently none of the 191 persons reported Cash Offer Watergate prose- cutors concluded their cross-ex- amination of former White House chief of staff H. R. Hal- deman. During Haldeman's testimony on Wednesday, it was disclosed that Nixon once offered Hal- deman and Ehrlichman money from a secret to aboard survived. The-DC-8 of the Dutch charter ine Martinair was carrying In- toriesians on a pilgrimage ;to VTecca, Islam's holy city 'in Saudi Arabia. It a rainstorm Wednesday night about 70 miles southeast of Co- ombo, Sri Lanka (formerly in an area known as the Seven Virgins for the seven rugged peaks dotting the land- scape. Trouble The pilot was preparing to and at Colombo's Bandaranaike ail-port, and police said he gave no indication of any.trouble. Martinair said the parachu- :ists were dropped after heli- copters were unable to land at the crash site because of .con- tinuing bad weather. A spokes- man said persons in the heli- copters saw no survivors. irom a secret to ouinvuio. fund to pay legal expenses that JunBlc growth on the lower might arise from their involve- and steep terrain further might arise from their involve- ment in Watergate. According, to partial tape made public for the first time both Haldeman' and and Ehrlichman declined the offer. Assistant" special prosecutor Richard Ben-Venisle, in answer (o objections from defense law- yers, said he raised the issue of Nixon's offer of financial help to show that the then-President ruling lust hours after Nixon's lawyers lad argued that the former President would not be available o give a deposition until long after the date set by a team of court-appointed physicians. The doctors liad informed Jirica that the earliest- they felt be questioned would be Jan. 6. e able to prepare to give a eposition prior to that date, 'he time necessary for Mr. ton adequately to prepare for lie interrogation is substan- ial." The lawyer said that the time- able proposed by the doctors up hampered operations. nixuruuig 10 paruai tape Martinair officials said the transcripts made public for the 182 passengers first limn hnlli Halrfpmnn and and a crew of seven Dutch and two Indonesians. They plane came. from In- donesia, "and was preparing to land in Colombo tor refueling when it crashed. Pass Overhead Tea planter Tilak de Zoysa said he down to din- ner when he heard the plane pass almost directly overhead. "Moments later there was an he said. "I rushed outside my bungalow and saw the plane, which had hit the Seven Virgins mountain range. It was broken into little bits and was on fire." The leader of the first rescue team, Police Inspector Nimal Goonatillake, said he and his men found pieces of the plane, scraps of clothing and luggage on the lower half of the foot-high hill. But there.was no sign of life or human remains, said. and his lop glides were engaged in a conspiracy to protect them- (Continued: Page 3, Col. 8.) Air Terminal Roof Falls, Say 25 Dead TEHRAN, Iran (AP) The roof of Tehran's airport termin- al collapsed with a roar Thurs- day after a heavy snowfall and the national television station reported at least 25 persons were, killed.. Most of the casualties were believed to be Iranians. An informant said an Ameri- w iiiiunuaiii sam an Amen- taon would be well enough to can was among the injured. He mind mnorl iifftnlH Kn i i... _. ..-_ dentified him as Edward Alfred lucmnieu mm as Jiawara Aiireo. Nixons lawyers argued .thatKasaval, 45, of Detroit, Mich., Jan. 6 was the earliest date the ormer President could begin preparing for his testimony. Nixon's lawyers said that vhile he might be healthy mough lo give a deposition on hat date "he is not and will not House Approves Anti-Busing Ploy TIT A mt._ ......._. _ WASHINGTON (AP) H- The use volcd Wednesday lo block e federal taining government sex and race from om schools, ignoring warnings at this would stop cnforce- cnt of civil rights laws. The house endorsed, 212-170, amendment by Rep. Mar- rie Holt (R-Md.) to prevent lools getting federal funds mi being compelled (o classify ichcrs or students by race, igion, sex or national origin. Senate leaders will try to mend or knock out the Holt icndmcnl, probably next ek. Opposed by HEW iecrelary of Health, Educa- n and Welfare Caspar Woin- rger said the Holt amendment! uld end IlliW's authority to force civil righls laws. Speak- ing on behalf of the Ford ad- ministration, Weinberger urged the amendment's defeat. 'If it becomes law, the meas- ure also could affect busing suits brought by private groups, such as civil rights organiza- tions, which use government statistics in preparing desegre- gation cases. During the house debate, a congressional coalition of blacks, Spanish-speaking and those of Asian descent and civil rights- oricnted while members said the Holt amendment would go far beyond Rep. Holt's intention of ending student busing. "Abomination" They said il would preclude HEW from gathering the needed data to implement the cillirc 196'! civil rights act barring ra- cial discrimination, the 1972 anli-sex discrimination act, Ihe bilingual education act and vari- ous Indian education acls. "This amendment is an abom- ination. It strikes at the heart of the work of this congress for the last 20 said Rep. Bella Anzug The amendment would signal the country that congress sanc- tions "a policy of apartheid in American Rep. Mitch- ell (D-Md.) said. Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D- N.Y.) said that until women and minorities obtain their civil rights, the government will have to set standards by which those righls arc guaranteed them. Scoll-Mansflcld Plan Iowa Dcmocralic Reps. Cul- ver, Mezvinsky and Smith op- posed the proposal, as did Iowa Republican Maync. Iowa Re- publican Reps. Gross and Scherle supported the proposal. The house vole came on adop- tion of a conference report con- laining supplemental funds for various agencies, including HEW. The senate had defeated Ihe amendment 43-36, but sen- ate conferees agreed to put. it in the final bill with only slight changes. Late Wednesday, Senate Ma- jority Leader Mike Mansfield and Minority Leader Hugh Scott agreed to sponsor an amend-1 ment in the senate to preserve HEW's authority to enforce civil righls laws. They would retain Ihe Holl amendment's language banning compulsory classification of stu- dents by race and sex but would then add Ibis qualifying phrase: except as may be required lo enforce non-discrim- ination provisions of federal law." but did not know his condition. Injured survivors staggered out Ihe steel and concrete rub- >le, blood streaming from their aces. Authorities sealed off the airport and began digging for the victims in subfreezing veather. All international flights to and from Tehran had been canceled because of snowfall, so the ter- minal was not as crowded as usual. But up lo 100 persons were believed wailing in the building for domestic flights. There were, about eight inches of snow on the roof, and some airport workers said this caused Ihe collapse of the ceiling. But others on the scene expressed doubt that Ihe slccl and concrete construction could have col- lapsed under the wcighl of the snow. "II happened so quickly that the victims scarcely had lime to said Associ- ated correspondent Par- viz Racin, who had just left the hall. Racin said airport officials members of Ihe public Iricd to move Hie twisted sleel gird- ers with their bare hands but could not reach the victims. Amir Assadullah, the govern- ment minister in charge of ports, ordered all available res- cue learns to the airport, which was built 20 years ago. Many people in the corridors loading to Ihe main building suffered cuts and injuries from shattered windows and flying debris. Stolen Yule Trees Found rTRUCKEE, Calif. Authorities have (AP) _ recovered more than Christmas trees stolen while awaiting shipment to U. S. servicemen overseas. Forest service employes spot- ted the trees being sold Wednes- day at a roadside lot on Inter- state 80 near here. Deputies arrested Ronald Ba- ros, 19, of Truckee for investi- gation of grand theft. Ford Welcomes Bonn's Schmidt 'WASHINGTON (AP) Hail- ing Wcsl Germany as a "lead- ing economic and political power" in the world, President Ford Thursday welcomed ils chancellor, Helmut Schmidt, by saying he visits the U.S. in "his- toric times for both of our coun- tries." Today's Index Comics Crossword .................GC Daily Record..............3A Deaths .....................3A Editorial Features ....6A, 27A Farm ......................7B Financial..................70 Marloa ....................2U Movies ................811, 9B Society ...............10B-I5B Sports State .1C-5C .4A-5A Television .......OB Want Ads .............10C-15C ;